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House Music - Poems by Ellen Kaufman

 
 
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Able Muse Press announces the publication of the full-length poetry collection, House Music
- poems by Ellen Kaufman

now available for order!

    House Music
    Poems by Ellen Kaufman
    Paperback ~ $17.95

    (Able Muse Press, February 2014)
    94 pages
    ISBN 978-1-927409-25-1
     

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    In Ellen Kaufman’s House Music, which was a finalist for the 2012 Able Muse Book Award, the everyday is remade into a luminous tapestry of intricate wordplay, delightful sound effects, and transcendent moments. Her observational skill about the commonplace is revelatory, with fresh insights on such wide-ranging subjects as construction work, native and exotic flora and fauna, a sewing machine and a piano handed down through generations, and a momentous visit to the doctor’s office. House Music is a wonderful debut collection from a uniquely inspired poet.

    PRAISE FOR HOUSE MUSIC:

    Ellen Kaufman is a master of sight; her explorations encourage us to see the ordinary beauty in homely scenes. Equally important for any poet worth her salt, she is also a master of sounds. She fills her poems with mouth-watering phrases like “dollops/ and fillips of tulips,” and delicious appreciations of domestic details. Her sly and understated villanelle, “A Flemish Still Life,” epitomizes Kaufman’s ars poetica as well as her observational skill. “No effort’s wasted if you aim to please,” it begins. It ends with the gentle command “Aim to please.” Kaufman and her poems aim to please, and succeed in doing so.
    —Willard Spiegelman

    I’ve been reading Ellen Kaufman’s poetry for many years now. There’s no other experience quite like it. Her language is taut and her aim unerring: her poems fly straight and true. Part of this has to do with technical mastery. She is a virtuoso of meter and rhyme, and her deep understanding of how structure works in a sonnet or a villanelle, for example, results in poems that combine pattern or repetition with an astonishingly singular vision.
    —Jennifer Barber (from the foreword)

    The intelligence behind Ellen Kaufman’s wonderfully realized House Music is poised and observant, its reflections unfolding in sinuous sentences that are effortlessly elegant and deceptively plainspoken. The subjects and themes of her poems are various—the family romance, an encounter with a panhandler, the first moon landing—often taking the form of enigmatic vignettes and fables like “Sonatina” and “Thirteenth Night,” pervaded by a sense of the fragile contingency of life. House Music is a brilliant and powerful debut.
    —John Koethe

    Ellen Kaufman’s distinguished poems achieve their purposes by modulating a powerful self-containment, a powerful and wise human awareness, by means of a chorus of exquisite and luxurious local effects. They are astonishing acts of balance, intelligence, precision, eloquence, vision, imagination, and grace.
    —Vijay Seshadri

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Ellen Kaufman earned an A.B. in English and Asian Studies from Cornell University, and M.S.L.S. and M.F.A. degrees from Columbia. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Carolina Quarterly, The New Yorker, Poetry Northwest, Pool, Salamander, Seneca Review, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, Tar River Poetry, Think Journal, and Verse. She has reviewed poetry for Library Journal since 1991. She was a 2009 MacDowell Colony Fellow and won the Southwest Review’s 2012 Morton Marr Poetry Prize. House Music was a finalist for the 2012 Able Muse Book Award. 
    The mother of two grown sons, Kaufman lives with her husband in New York City, where she has worked as a law librarian and as a reference librarian for Baruch College.

 

 

Able Muse Press announces the publication of the full-length poetry collection, House Music
- poems by Ellen Kaufman

is now available for order!

    House Music
    Poems by Ellen Kaufman
    Paperback ~ $17.95

    (Able Muse Press, February 2014)
    94 pages
    ISBN 978-1-927409-25-1
 

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Submitted by Jeredith Merrin (not verified) on

Never having written a villanelle I liked, I wanted to send my congratulations to Ellen Kaufman on "A Flemish Still Life," and to say I am also ordering her House Music.  As an admirer of Northern Still Life, I wonder which painting (if any particular painting) was her subject.  I think of Heda or Kalf, but they are (strictly speaking) Dutch.  In any case, thank you for the accomplished poem.

Submitted by Ellen (not verified) on

Jeredith--Sorry I missed your comment until now. I didn't have one actual painting in mind, but that sort of baroque, over-the-top still life from the 17th century, and you're right--many of them are Dutch.
Thanks so much for your kind response.

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